I am trying to get a list of orders from the OrderRepository (Magento 2.1) via a console command and am using code as follows...


public function __construct(
    \Magento\Framework\Model\Context $context,
    \Magento\Framework\Registry $registry,
    \Magento\Sales\Api\OrderRepositoryInterface $orderRepository,
    \Magento\Framework\Api\SearchCriteriaBuilder $searchCriteriaBuilder,
    \Magento\Framework\Model\ResourceModel\AbstractResource $resource = null,
    \Magento\Framework\Data\Collection\AbstractDb $resourceCollection = null,
    $data = []
) {
    $this->orderRepository = $orderRepository;
    $this->searchCriteriaBuilder = $searchCriteriaBuilder;

public function execute()
    $sc = $this->searchCriteriaBuilder->create();
    $items = $this->orderRepository->getList($sc);


This code throws an error of:

Area code not set: Area code must be set before starting a session.

Area code is not set

I have attempted to resolve it by passing in the appState (\Magento\Framework\App\State $appState) and calling setAreaCode with either frontend, crontab, admin and adminhtml - none of which seem to have any effect.

I have managed to resolve it by adding an echo at the top of the execute function..

public function execute()
    echo 'Please please dont throw an exception';
    $sc = $this->searchCriteriaBuilder->create();
    $items = $this->orderRepository->getList($sc);

Am I missing something glaringly obvious? Or is this a bug in Magento?


Figured it out; it's because in my console script I was calling another class - and because it was to test some code I had been lazy and was calling my class via:

$model = $this->objectManager->create('{ns}\{module}\Model\{class}');

It seems doing this throws the area code error up.. with it properly injected and calling $this->processor->execute(); instead of referencing the Object Mananger directly. Guess this is another negative for using the OM.

In this case I was just implementing a CLI command to test some code; hence the reason for being a little lazy.

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